Monday, 06 November 2017
“If we teach today, as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow!”
John Dewey (American Philosopher)
So said John Dewey and looking at this with two different hats on: working in the IT/ Technology sector and more importantly bringing up two daughters, it leads us to a simple conclusion …..
….. education is enhanced by the use of technology!
Ssssh, no great epiphany I know, if you are either in IT and/ or have children, you will agree that technology provides a positive experience when used in the classroom - SchoolTec.
“Around 75 percent of educators think that technology has a positive impact in the education process. Educators also recognize the importance of developing these technological skills in students so they will be prepared to enter the workforce once they complete their schooling.”
(Source: Teach.HUB – CompTia)
According to the study mentioned above, students prefer technology because they believe that it makes learning more interesting and fun. Subjects that students deem challenging or boring can become more interesting with virtual lessons.
(Source: TeachHUB – CompTia)
At ONA, we have had a great opportunity to be involved with the supply, installation and maintenance of SchoolTec: Smart Boards, Interactive screens, Projectors etc with a number of schools and it is great to get positive feedback about the importance of SchoolTec within the educational environment and how the classroom is so much more interactive nowadays.
You would possibly have your ‘head in the sand’ if you did not know that schools are facing extreme budge issues. I am sure each school has a mass of plates they need to keep spinning to ensure that the SchoolTec supplied fits within their budgets, be installed timely; minimising cost, and where appropriate inspection and maintenance costs can be minimised as well. All of which comes as standard with our service at ONA. The point being, we understand the problems faced by schools and we like to help, although .....
..... “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important!
(Source: Bill Gates)
So, we are not trying to take all the credit as there is still a person that sits/ stands at the front of the classroom, with a steady hand on the virtual tiller, nurturing our children through the educational curriculum. It is great to be involved though, if only in part, with helping grow the future!
Historically, the teacher at the front of the class was the ONLY information source for the children sat in front of them, whereas with the introduction of technology into the classroom it means that the educator can focus and guide the children to multiple areas of information resource, and so can help those possibly lagging with a bit more ONE 2 ONE time.
The use of classroom technology can spill into ‘OUT of HOURS’ schooling, as children can access education platforms whilst at home. Educational platforms can be accessed safely in this manner, intergrating 'child and technology' at school and at home and as such supports the pupils daily development.
We obviously get into the realms of ‘being safe On-line’ at school and home, but that is for another BLOG.
So, simply allowing children access to technology in the classroom, gives them, in its basic form access to future vocational skills, and as such .....